WhatsApp Messenger officials said they will not disable users who do not want to accept the new privacy rules of the service. But, in the future, dissenters may face limitations in the functionality of the platform. Writes about this CNET.
The new WhatsApp rules go into effect on May 15, but the company will give users more time to consent. In a few weeks, the service will begin regularly sending users notifications reminding them of the changes.
Most have adopted the new privacy rules, according to WhatsApp representatives. If others disagree, they may face limited functionality in the future. What exactly this will affect is not specified.
“For those that have not yet had a chance to do so; their accounts will not be deleted or lose functionality on May 15,” said a WhatsApp spokesperson
WhatsApp announced the changes to its policy in January 2021. Thanks to them, the service will be able to exchange data with the social network Facebook. Because of this, we saw many criticisms on the service by users, among whom was Elon Musk. Against the backdrop of the scandal among users, the popularity of competitors – Telegram and Signal – has grown.
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Currently, disappearing messages deletes from chat within 7 days. WABetaInfo reports that this feature has been in development for about a month, and although the screenshot uploaded to the site shows that it is being tested only on the iPhone, the option will most likely be available on the Android platform as well. Deleting within 7 days will continue as an option, although it’s unclear if the new option will be available to group moderators.
We do not know the timing of the new WhatsApp option for disappearing messages yet. When WhatsApp launched the feature last year, the company said the message deletion timeline would start at seven days, to ensure that conversations aren’t kept indefinitely, while still keeping the conversation going. This suggests that the developers of WhatsApp already had plans to expand the number of options for the timing of deleting messages.